Deventer's Dickens Festival in the Netherlands

Deventer’s Bergkwartier appears to return in time to the 1800s right before Christmas each year for the annual Dickens Festival. In December, you might just run into Oliver Twist, Scrooge, Marley or Mr. Pickwick.

Oliver Twist, Scrooge, Marley and Mr. Pickwick, they are all there. Vagabonds are begging, thieves are stealing. You smell the punch, puffed potatoes and roasted chestnuts. Wealthy ladies and gentlemen with top hats parade in the streets. Christmas Carol singers go from door-to-door. The scenery from the Dickens festival includes historical buildings and houses, Christmas trees and a large number of little lights.

Not only on the street, but also behind the windows, in the houses and in the little shops and galleries, the worlds of Charles Dickens comes back alive.

Who was Charles Dickens?

Who’s who in the world of Charles Dickens? Charles Dickens lived from 1812 to 1870 and it is the very best known and many influential English writer of the 1800s.

The fairytale world that Dickens described was greatly the field of his childhood. The Dickens festival is the opportunity to meet a lot of protagonists and characters in the books of Dickens. The author’s era, the Victorian Times, was a duration of great social contrasts, of wealth but also of great poverty. There have been orphans running around, newspaper boys and girls a plenty, chestnut sellers, chimney sweeps, freaks, drifters and drunks.

Fortunately, office clerks, both new and experienced lovers, christmas carol singers, distinguished dignitaries and famous characters from the books of Dickens will even join them in the celebration of the renowned author.

The festival

For the festival the historic Bergkwartier is transformed into a 1800s English city from the moment of Charles Dickens. Thousands of tiny lights will glisten from towering Christmas trees and the beautifully restored buildings like a backdrop.


Deventer town centre


Entrance is free

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